Poor start to new year
AMERSHAM & Chiltern started 2015 on a losing note after going down 32-5 at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.
The hosts took the lead on eight minutes through a penalty, while Rhys Keith missed two kicks at goal for Chiltern which might have given the game a different direction, and Bury gradually took control.
One transgression too many at the breakdown saw player-coach Richie Williams sin-binned for Chiltern and Bury took immediate advantage of the extra man with two tries in 18 minutes.
Chiltern constantly asked questions of the Bury defence and often it took a last gasp tackle to keep them at bay, but Bury got their third on the stroke of half time when a poor clearance kick also missed touch.
It was a flattering half-time score for Bury, who had taken their chances while the visitors failed to build on promising moves, but within minutes of the restart the game was put to bed when the hosts drove Chiltern off their own ball at a scrum before running in the bonus point try. Again, Chiltern refused to lie down and continued to run the ball from all angles, but Bury’s dominance in the set piece saw them bag a fifth try.
Still Chiltern refused to lie down and die, and finally their efforts were rewarded when they had the final say with a try on 68 minutes, the defeat leaving them 12th in National Three London & SE ahead of Saturday’s home game against Weslcliffe.
DEFEAT: Amersham & Chiltern take on Bury St